Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press Published 5:42 PM EST Feb 14, 2019 Washington – William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation’s attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Earlier Thursday, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm the veteran government official, mostly along party lines. Barr, who also served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 during President George H.W. Bush’s administration, succeeds Jeff Sessions. Trump pushed Sessions out of office last year after railing against his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. As the country’s chief law enforcement officer, Barr will oversee the remaining work in Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and decide how much Congress and the public know about its conclusion. He’ll … [Read more...] about William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general
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Home Daily News William Barr confirmed as US attorney general Attorney General By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted February 14, 2019, 12:59 pm CST William Barr. Photo courtesy of Kirkland & Ellis. William Barr will return to lead the U.S. Department of Justice for a second time. The Senate voted to confirm Barr on Thursday, report the New York Times and the Washington Post. Barr was previously the U.S. attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration. He also was in other DOJ posts and most recently was of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis, according to a cached version of his law firm biography. Barr had told the Senate Judiciary Committee he won’t let partisan politics or other considerations interfere with the work of special counsel Robert Mueller. He also has said it is important for the public to be informed of Mueller’s work and his “goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.” Barr said he would refuse an order to … [Read more...] about William Barr confirmed as US attorney general
News / World by Press Association 15/01/2019, 7:25 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general has asserted independence from the White House. William Barr said he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing President Trump is not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe. The comments by Mr Barr at his Senate confirmation hearing departed from President Trump’s own views and underscored Mr Barr’s efforts to reassure Democrats that he will not be a loyalist to a president who has appeared to demand it from law enforcement. Some Democrats are concerned about that possibility, citing a memo Mr Barr wrote to the Justice Department before his nomination in which he criticised special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation for … [Read more...] about Trump nominee for attorney general asserts his independence
SINCE entering the White House on January 20 2017, dozens have left Donald Trump's administration - some were fired and some resigned. So who did the US President fire and who quit? Here's everything you need to know. Who has Donald Trump fired? James Comey The seventh director of the FBI was fired by Trump on May 9 2017. His dismissal was one of the most controversial under Trump's presidency. Comey had been leading the investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Russia to influence the result of the presidential election. Trump sent a termination letter which said the action was recommended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, however he later gave a variety of other reasons to validate his decision. Comey claims Trump asked him to "let go" of potential charges against Michael Flynn. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian collusion after Comey's dismissal. Sally Yates The acting US … [Read more...] about Who has Donald Trump fired or who has resigned from his administration?
By Susan Steade | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group December 7, 2018 at 10:44 am By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr, the late President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role. Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri. He called Barr “a terrific man” and “one of the most respected jurists in the country.” “I think he will serve with great distinction,” Trump said. If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump in November following an acrimonious tenure. Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, is currently serving as acting attorney general. Trump’s fury at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation — which helped set in motion the appointment of special … [Read more...] about William Barr is Trump’s pick for attorney general